Last week, Nicki Minaj released the highly-anticipated music video for "High School" from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up . The video is completely over-the-top. It's also factually inaccurate, since Nicki Minaj went to LaGuardia High School and LaGuardia High School is not the spr ... More >>
Yesterday activists protested Reebok's flagship store to put pressure on the company to cut its ties with rapper Rick Ross, who recently ... well you already know this story. Whether or not the more than 71,000 signatures collected to get Ross fired will work remains to be seen, but Big Corporations ... More >>
Lil Wayne has just released his tenth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II. It's been 18 years since his first album: True Story as one half of The B.G.'z. In that time, he's been a lesser-known member of an embattled southern hip-hop group, a scrawny kid, a mixtape hero, the greatest rapper aliv ... More >>
After a year in which her rep as a legitimate rap artist has been dented by an album that split its time between dense rhymes and enormous, danceable beats, America has suddenly decided to take Nicki Minaj seriously. And all it took was her bigging up rich white dude Mitt Romney on a verse over G.O. ... More >>
Despite every living rapper seemingly being just a phone call away, Miami radio personality/record executive/professional shouter DJ Khaled has never once put out a good album. He's been 0-for-5 (yes, DJ Khaled has released five albums), and Kiss the Ring, his sixth record, is on the horizon. Khal ... More >>
In his recent review of R&B singer Miguel's fantastic Art Dealer Chic series of EPs, The A.V. Club's Evan Rytlewski explained the singer's rise in popularity by floating the idea that his 2010 album All I Want Is You contained "arguably the most engaging singles run of any R&B album since Usher's Co ... More >>
Superstar pals and Young Money labelmates Lil Wayne and Drake released two of the biggest albums of 2011Tha Carter IV and Take Careand both are still spinning off hits well into 2012. But a look at the singles charts reveals something odd: the biggest current hits off both albums aren' ... More >>
The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song ... More >>
Tell your children not to walk Wye Oak's way. 2011 was a year of looking back relentlessly, whether you were awash in Remember The '90s nostalgia or getting down at a New Kids On The Block show or watching Lady Gaga try to bring back the variety-hour era with her whacked-out Thanksgiving spec ... More >>
The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>
A few weeks ago, my colleague Chris Molanphy broke down how "Super Bass," the late-breaking crossover smash from Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, presented a rare example of a hit album taking months to yield a top 10 single after moving major units out of the gate. But at the time, I was patiently ... More >>
No Age w/HEALTH, Cults, Ceremony House Of Vans Thursday, June 30 Better than: Anything you went to see last night. (Sorry Real Estate.) The skater brand Vans has once again set up shop in Greenpoint for a month of rowdy rock shows at a warehouse, and the venue is pretty fantastic, even if concert ... More >>
It was only a matter of time before someone retooled Wiz Khalifa's Pittsburgh tribute "Black and Yellow" for the Green Bay Packers. What was probably not expected was for that person to be Lil Wayne, he of New Orleans origin. Yet, here it is: "Green and Yellow," wherein Weezy pledges allegian ... More >>
It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Santos Party House, but the downtown spot is back in action, and finally welcoming back perhaps its finest weekly attraction: reOPENed, the Friday night fete hosted by Just Blaze and DJ Soul. To celebrate their rebirth, they'll be welcoming a special guest ... More >>
In the week we began our countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010, we celebrated by mocking efforts from the Far East Movement, Ringo Starr, Godsmack, Trade Martin, and Lil Wayne. Where will Susan Boyle fall? Tune in next week and suffer more abuse until you find out.
Growing pain or total disaster? One fan and one non-fan hash it out.
Greg Gillis in Williamsburg, summer of 2009. Photo by Sam Horine.By now you've heard All Day, the fifth full length LP from Pittsburg's Greg Gillis--or, as he's known on chaotic, fan-filled stages around the world, Girl Talk. The record was released to minimal fanfare, at the low price of fre ... More >>
Everybody just stop yelling, OK? Photo by Daniel Snyder.In the week we talked about Odd Future, kidnapping and murder, and why we sometimes like the things that repel us, we also saw the group live--alongside every other music critic in the city. They struck a weird balance to the other big r ... More >>
One of these dudes is noticeably less enthusiastic than all the other dudes. Photo by Nate "Igor" SmithIn the week we interviewed an actual fitness instructor about the theoretical plausibility of exercising to Sleigh Bells, we also penned a Twitter-based ode to Erykah Badu's habitual latenes ... More >>
And it seems we have at last the self-lacerating, clear-eyed therapy record Eminem's been promising since putting his career on hold back in 2005 in order to head off to rehab. On "Talkin 2 Myself," the rapper paints a portrait of a struggling Eminem in the booth, popping pills and contemplating d ... More >>
Drake debuts, Trey Songz gyrates, and DJ Khaled wins at the hip-hop event of the year
In the least likely to have a blog category, you might put rapper Lil Wayne, who is currently serving a year at Riker's Island after pleading guilty to gun charges. And yet Weezy Thanx You is thriving, the latest entry being a think piece on the Eagles trading quarterback Donovan McNabb. (The ... More >>
Great song, wacky Too Short verse ("Jesse Jackson... bitch!"), cute kids, etc. etc., but sweet Jesus George Clinton is mesmerizing. Can you even imagine what living in that guy's head must be like? Dude makes Lil Wayne look like Nancy Reagan.
In the week a chipped tooth kept Lil Wayne out of jail and a secretive, proprietary Billboard chart made a success out of his new, abysmal Rebirth, we pulled our Paul Wall grills out of the closet, just in case. You never know when your hood pass might get pulled, you know? Care for a Sightings p ... More >>
tUnE-yArDs, now proudly R-rated. Photo by Chrissy Piper.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla conducts an occasionally embarrassing chat with one-woman feral folk sensation tUnE-yArDs (contains sex talk!), Brandon Soderberg catches up with Howard Stern's favorite headbanger, Richard Chri ... More >>
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
Guess which one of those things didn't die this year
To the tune of a stunning 318,000 copies sold, good for the "largest sales week for an album by a woman in 2009 and the second-best sales week for a country release," according to Billboard. Sorry Mariah! MJ's This Is It halved its sales and still held onto #2, clocking second week numbers at ... More >>
--Steven Tyler fell off the stage last night during Aerosmith's gig at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital ten songs into their set. The 61-year-old frontman was dancing to entertain the crowd after the sound system failed during "Love in an El ... More >>
Sahoko Yui In the week Rush Limbaugh called us "some magazine," we invited our friend Status Ain't Hood back for a day. Oh, and right: Congrats Tom! Interviews: Wavves' Nathan Williams on drugs and the beach, Albert Maysles on HBO's new Grey Gardens, Ian Svenonius on Kanye West and his new band, C ... More >>
Photo by Peter Foley via WYNC Zadie Smith's NYPL talk "Speaking in Tongues, curiously excised of its references to Lil Wayne and its cute, "it gives me jokes" colloquialisms, is reprinted in full at the New York Review of Books. I wish she'd kept the line about "keeping it real." But I still think ... More >>
After the New Yorker, a real press photo, maybe. The poet Michael Robbins lives in Chicago, quotes both Lil Wayne and Paul Muldoon fluently, and studs his criticism with punchlines like "This sort of thing is why punk rock had to be invented." His January 12 debut in the New Yorker, "Alien Vs. Pred ... More >>
Catch up on a year's worth of musicology with the Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, now in its 36th year of goading the nation's top parsers to struggle over the higher meaning of sonic culture. Review the singles top-1,761 and albums top-1,693, see how your favorite critics voted, and attend the deep thoug ... More >>
Big year for metal, hip-hop, and Paul Simon/pigfucker reconciliation
A Rolling Stone reporter charts the doomed path from Thriller to Internet-based horror
Bet the farm this record will somehow make you consider buying, and tending Hey the Grammy noms were announced last night, if you care about such things (if you do, in fact, care about such things, there is a 99-percent chance you have updated your résumé in the past three weeks, with the other o ... More >>
He's joined forces with the South, whether you like it or not
Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, and Remy Ma feed into hip-hop's endless musical reserves.